Hi, Philip Chesney here from English Interviews. In today’s video, we are going to see the question, can we contact your current employer. Oh this is a tough one and puts you in a complicated position on how to respond.
Imagine HR is interested in your profile and thinks you are a good fit, but want to interview your current boss first. In many cases, when we are job hunting, we are in stealth mode, in other words, people at the company don’t know we are on the job hunt. If they were to find out, it could put you in a predicament.
What HR sometimes doesn’t realize is that this is inappropriate and could negatively affect you at your current job if you don’t get the new one. Imagine, you don’t get the job and everything has gone sour at your current job. You just got screwed. HR should contact previous employers, but not the current one. Frankly, if they are not sold on your profile and how you can add value to the company, they are looking at the wrong candidate.
It is suggested that you provide the interviewer 3-5 references if possible, but they don’t need to be from the current company. If they ask for a reference from your current employer, you can tell the recruiter that they will have to make their decision without talking to your boss or anyone from your current company as this could jeopardize your work situation if you don’t get the new job.
Of course, this is an awkward situation, but you have already furnished a Resume, Linkedin URL, Cover letter, recommendations, etc. They have what they need. If they can’t find enough there, they might be amateurs. They are not serious. The only time I would give the recruiter permission to speak with my boss is if and only if I had already left the company and left on undeniably great terms.
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